Reaching Decisions by Consent and Compromise
An effective meeting should build alignment and commitment to any decisions. Different approaches to reaching decisions can be more/less useful in building commitment. And different approaches require different meeting actions.
Consent and compromise are two of these ways of reaching a decision with a group. Explain that in reaching consent, everyone should comment on the decision. By consenting to a decision, each person is saying that s/he can live with the decision. It does not have to be perfect, but “good enough.” In most cases, a compromise is a consent decision as it may not have the same level of support that a consensus decision would have.
This meeting agenda template can be used to create a stand-alone meeting dedicated to reaching consent on a decision, or incorporated into longer meetings covering additional topics.Related Posts:
To arrive at a decision that all can explicitly consent to, even if this is a compromise.
- Author: Richard Lent, Ph.D.
- Duration: 1 hour or less
- Group Size: 12 or fewer
- Solution Categories: Managers
- The Proposed Decision
- Clarify Replies
- Revise the Proposal (optional)
- Check for Agreement
- Document Decisions and Next Steps
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